Ashley Gilliam

Ashley Gilliam shot a 2-under par 70 at the USGA qualifier in June. 

Manchester native Ashley Gilliam took the top spot in the USGA qualifier last month to earn a spot in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in August.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur will take place at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs from Aug. 6-12. A total of 156 players will take part in the national tournament based on their performances at 23 qualifying sites. Gilliam took the top spot in the Lawrence, Kansas qualifier in June, carding a two-under-par 70 for the day.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is widely considered the top golf tournament in the country for female amateur golfers, which consists of all women golfers who are not yet professional.

“I’m pretty excited to have qualified for this tournament,” said Gilliam. “This is a big one and the fact that it happens to be being played in my home state this year is really awesome.”

The tournament, which began in 1895, has only been held in Tennessee twice prior to this year - Mem-phis in 1937 and 1979.

Gilliam, 17, is a rising senior at Tullahoma High School. She played at Coffee County Central as a sophomore. She is committed to play collegiately at the University of Mississippi.